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Georgia’s unemployment rate declines to 5.9% for August

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Georgia’s unemployment rate for August declined to 5.9%, which is the seasonally adjusted rate. In July, the rate was 6.0% in July and was 7.1% in August 2014. 

“This is the first time Georgia’s unemployment rate has dropped below six percent since May 2008,” said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. “The rate declined as our employers laid off the fewest workers for any month in more than 15 years and continued to create jobs.”  

Initial claims for unemployment insurance, a measure of new layoffs, declined by 9,152 or 25.8%, to 26,335 in August

This is fewest since May 2000, when 25,014 new claims were filed. 

Most of the decrease in August was due to a decline in temporary claims filed in manufacturing and administrative and support services, which includes temporary employment agencies, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

Claims were down by 4,787, or 15.4%, from 31,122 filed in August 2014. The decline came mostly in manufacturing. 

The Georgia Department of Economic Development recently announced a $3 million federal grant to help address the skills-shortage issue. The grant will fund work-based training programs for 30 companies throughout Georgia who are committed to hiring 400 apprentices. 

“We see that as the beginning of work that we’re going to be able to do with small, medium and large companies around the state to help them build apprenticeships and other work-based programs to fill hard-to-fill and hard-to-train positions,” said Ben Hames, deputy commissioner of the Workforce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Hames said more information will soon be released about Georgia Worksmart, a new program which will help companies launch apprenticeship programs.   

Georgia job seekers can use the GDOL’s new online job listing service, EmployGeorgia to learn more about jobs in the state. 

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